Feminist Scholarship Division

Conference Call for Paper

Andrea Press, Vice Chair

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Media Studies and Sociology 

University of Virginia

223 Wilson Hall

PO Box 400866

Charlottesville, VA 22904-4866


E-mail: apress@virginia.edu


The Feminist Scholarship Division (FSD) invites submissions for the May 27-31, 2021 conference in Denver, CO. Submissions should contribute to the examinations of genders and communication through the lens of feminist theories, methodologies, and practices. Submissions are expected to engage with feminist scholarship and not simply address gender as a variable.

This year, FSD invites research submissions that respond to the conference theme: open communication. A variety of questions can be considered, for instance: 

FSD also invites submissions exploring issues important for feminist scholarship, including feminist pedagogy; the social implications of the gendered digital divide; feminist audience research; international gender commonalities and differences by race, social class, gender, sexuality, ability, and nationality; women’s and minorities’ alternative media; feminist political economy of the media; feminist cultural studies; feminist care work; and transnational feminist theory and political practice. 

Please note that given limited space on the program, FSD may accept only one first-authored full paper or work in progress per person, though we will accept multiple submissions to our session (no more than three as first-author please, as ICA limits to three the number of submissions originating from the same author as first author though allows unlimited non-first-authored submissions).

Submission Formats

FSD accepts three types of proposals: full papers, works in progress, and panels.

Full length completed research papers of original, previously unpublished work (maximum length 8,000 words, plus tables and references). Work that is already published or accepted for publication prior to submission is ineligible.

• Works in progress with enough material to allow for evaluation (length of at least 3,000 words). Works in progress reflect on-going research that has not yet reached full completion stage but has enough substance for review. These submissions need to be clearly labeled as “Work in Progress” on the cover page. 

• Preconstituted panel sessions that consist of papers united by a topic or of provocative statements from participants and provide a discussion opportunity on a thought provoking, controversial, or important topic. Panel may also include feminist activists. Provide a title, 400-word rationale for the panel, a 150-250 abstract for each paper or statement, a 75-word rationale for the panel for the conference program, and a full list of participants and their affiliations. Each panel needs to include at least 4 participants but can include up to 8 for a high-density session. 

FSD highly encourages panel suggestions that include feminist scholars, journalists and activists from indigenous communities, Latin America, Asia, and Africa, that address feminist issues in communication and media connected to marginalized voices in general, and/or advance feminist scholarship beyond the US and Europe.

Accepted papers will be scheduled for interactive poster or paper sessions, panels, and high-density paper sessions. Paper sessions combine at least 4 presentations on a similar topic or issue. An interactive poster session is included in a plenary, requires visual representation of research, and promotes small group or one-on-one discussions. A high-density session includes 8 to 12 presenters who will briefly outline their papers; then small group or one-to-one discussions with the audience will follow these introductions.

Submission guidelines: 

1. Remove ALL self-identifying information (including FILE NAMES – this has been a problem in the past -- and in meta-data of the file) from submitted full papers and works in progress for blind review; papers with identifying information will be disqualified.

2. During the submission process, select keywords that capture the gist of the work in terms of content and methodology, as these are used to select reviewers. Keep in mind that keywords such as “gender,” “women” or “feminist” will not be particularly helpful in delineating your work from others.

3. If material in your presentation has been presented or submitted for publication/presentation elsewhere, this must be disclosed on the cover page. Failure to disclose presentation or publication history will lead to disqualification.

4. Sessions with participants with variety
in institutional affiliations and from different geographical regions are strongly preferred.

5. Suggestions for co-sponsored panels with other ICA Divisions are also welcome.

Preconference Proposals 

FSD seeks suggestions for preconferences that the submitter will organize. Preconferences typically are workshops on a specific issue, topic, or method of about 4 to 6 hours in length. Accepted preconferences will support submitters in conducting the workshop and to recruit participants. Please submit your pre-conference ideas to the FSD Vice Chair Andrea Press at apress@virginia.edu for further discussion of your idea by August 15, 2019. 

Awards and Travel Funding 

Based on ratings received from the reviewers, FSD will award Top Paper awards to highest ranked student and faculty papers and the highest ranked poster.

The Division will also offer a total of 6 student travel grants based on ranking and financial need. To be considered for travel grants, you must fulfill the following conditions:

1. You must be a student. 

2. You must have a paper accepted for presentation in the Feminist Scholarship Division for ICA 2020 in Gold Coast, AUstralia.

3. You must be a current member of the Feminist Scholarship Division. 

For more details about the application process e-mail Andrea Pre ss (apress@virginia.edu) by February 15, 2020. Award winners will be notified in March 2020.

Call for Reviewers 

We highly encourage faculty and advanced graduate students to volunteer as reviewers. Indicate your intent to serve as a reviewer on the ICA website or e-mail apress@virginia.edu. Your contributions are highly valued and needed for a productive peer-review! 

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